Sugar Cookies

I have always loved Sugar cookies and I was inspired by some cute heart cookies I saw recently with gold flakes. I decided to give it a try myself! The picture's don't show it - but there is gold glitter dust and tiny silver heart sprinkled all over these!
Edible gold leaf seems very hard to find and none of it really seems to be edible! I tried many different options online and when they showed up in the mail it did not say anything about it being edible! Be careful!!






Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 
  2. With an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in granulated sugar and icing/powdered sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Slowly add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined. You may need to transfer to a work surface and knead until the dough is combined.
  4. Divide the dough in half, shaping both halves into a flat disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Once chilled, roll the dough out onto a floured surface using a rolling pin until the dough thickness is ¼” (5mm) thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place the cookies onto a parchment paper lined baking tray.
  6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 8-12 minutes, or until the bottom edges are light golden. Let them cool for a few minutes on the baking tray, and then transfer onto a wire rack. Let the cookies cool fully before trying to ice them.

    Fluffy Icing:
    If you want an easy and fluffy icing that only hardens a little (like on the cookies above), this is a really easy hack. Take 1 tub of vanilla icing (Betty Crocker/Duncan Hines), the type you buy for a cake! Place the entire container into a mixing bowl. With the mixer running, slowly add into icing/powdered sugar. Adding ½ cup of the icing/powdered sugar until the icing is stiffer and doesn’t drip off of the mixing beaters. You shouldn’t need much more than ½ cup. The best way to test is by taking a spoonful of icing and holding it upside-down. If the icing stay in place and doesn’t drip, it is perfect, if it is a bit too runny and can’t hold shape, add a little more icing/powdered sugar. If you added too much icing/powdered sugar, try adding a tiny amount of water at a time while beating, until the icing softens.
    I find this is the easiest method to make icing! From the above instructions, you can then add food colouring to make the icing the desired colour! Then use a butter knife or a piping bag to spread the icing onto the cookies. The icing needs to dry a little bit before storage.  I was able to stack my cookies after the icing set with no issues. If you are short for time, you could refrigerate them for 20 minutes to speed up the process.
Disclosure:
*This post is not sponsored, however last Spring, Gay Lea Foods sent me a a box of ingredients and a recipe to make these cookies. I loved the recipe and have made it a few times since!*

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